Interested in pursuing an American degree in France? Learn about options through IAU's degree-granting institution - The American College of the Mediterranean.

Bachelor's and Master's Programs

The Mediterranean Core Art Program

The mission of The Mediterranean Core Art Program is to use the visual arts to expose students to the different histories, narratives, religions, cultures, traditions, languages, communities, races and ethnicities of the Mediterranean Basin in Europe and Africa. The Program provides the students with a thorough understanding of the region through interdisciplinary seminars, discussions, field studies, and debate with artists of different backgrounds and artistic traditions.

The Mediterranean Core Art Program exposes students to the light and colors of the Mediterranean, helps them improve their visual perception, and provides them with cross-cultural perspectives through painting and drawing in different natural and cultural settings/contexts as well as through exposure to artistic production in museums and galleries in Europe (France and Spain) and North Africa (Morocco).


An interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach:

  • Studio art
  • Art history
  • Museum studies
  • Field studies to museums in Europe (France & Spain) and North Africa (Morocco)
  • Painting field studies and excursions in Europe (France & Spain) and North Africa (Morocco) 

Program-specific field studies:

  • Multiple-day museum study in Spain
  • Day trips to museums in Aix and Marseille
  • Multiple-day painting excursion to Spain and Morocco
  • Site visits to Marseille, Arles and the French Riviera

The program requires 15 credits

  • Drawing (3)
  • Painting (3)
  • The Mediterranean Seminar: Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Studies (team taught) (3)
  • Art History or Museum Studies (3)
  • Language and Culture (3)